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Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

  This is a true story about arrogance. Specifically, mine. It begins with kayaking. I go almost every day, venturing from one of the coves in north Laguna.  My usual route takes me north along the coast. I paddle to Emerald Bay and sometimes Irvine Cove.  From there, I race straight out a mile, rest […]

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Is Laguna Safer Today?

Is Laguna Safer Today?

Some conditions remain unchanged since a devastating wildfire swept through Laguna Beach on Oct. 27, 1993, a $528 million disaster that consumed or damaged 441 homes and cost no human lives, but continues to influence city policy. The sun continues to bake the town’s south-facing slopes, making them drier and more vulnerable to fire’s spread. […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Beholding Our Behemoths By Jan Sattler and Mia Davidson Although July through September is the prime viewing time for the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), so far in October our behemoth visitors are still hanging around and easily seen from Laguna’s cliffs and hills.  The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to […]

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Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Dear National Security Agency: I know you know everything about me, including the dirty parts.  Especially the dirty parts.  After all, they are the ones worth savoring. I know, deep in your digital brain, you have categorized me as only a mild security risk and that you follow my movements because you follow everyone’s movements.  […]

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Green Light: Trolling for Trash

Green Light: Trolling for Trash

 Hopefully an army of Californians was out picking up trash along the Golden State’s 1100 miles of coastline on the morning of Sept. 21.  That was the California Coastal Commission’s annual cleanup day.  Having gone online with no success in finding out whether there was an organized effort in Laguna Beach, I decided to pick […]

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Shore Scene:  September’s Sunshine Stinger

Shore Scene: September’s Sunshine Stinger

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler The round stingray (Urobatis haller) is one of the two most common rays found in Laguna Beach. It is scientifically classified with skates and sharks because its skeleton is made of cartilage instead of bone. Reaching a maximum of 22 inches in total length, it has a circular flat […]

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The Band Will Play on at Laguna's Cliff Restaurant

The Band Will Play on at Laguna’s Cliff Restaurant

Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit Wednesday, Sept. 25, for live, amplified music to continue at the Cliff Restaurant with some time restraints, giving a green light to the venue’s weeknight Music Matters concerts that have become a favorite with locals and visitors over the past year. The weeknight concerts started in summer […]

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Planning for the Unlikely Tsunami Flood

Planning for the Unlikely Tsunami Flood

A test alert will go out to the telephone numbers of all Laguna Beach residents at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 24, from the city of Laguna Beach’s Alert OC system, which warns residents of emergencies affecting the town. The test alert will verify the effectiveness of the mass notification system, which received its contact […]

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Celebrities Make a Splash for Ocean Conservation

Celebrities Make a Splash for Ocean Conservation

Singer Sheryl Crow performed at this year’s sold out SeaChange Summer Party, held last week at a private Laguna Beach home and attended by 400 guests who kicked in $1 million for Oceana, an ocean conservation organization. Actor and longtime Oceana board member Ted Danson walked the blue carpet with wife Mary Steenburgen, mingled with […]

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Diving in to Protect Laguna’s Treasure

Diving in to Protect Laguna’s Treasure

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Jeremy Frimond’s love for the ocean spurred his professional and academic pursuits of the past seven years, dedicated to understanding the watery world and preparing himself for its service, both for the human and gill-breathing kind. “I’m a total water baby,” Frimond laughs. “I’ve never been farther away […]

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Village Matters: Is There Magic?

Village Matters: Is There Magic?

I dreaded the prospect of getting married, walking down that aisle. What if that man waiting for me at the altar was the wrong one?  “How will I know when I’ve met ‘the one,’ the person I’m destined to spend a lifetime with?” “You’ll know, you will feel the magic…” came the answer from those […]

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Musings on the Coast: The Midnight Surfer

Musings on the Coast: The Midnight Surfer

I keep having a dream I am on a body board and surfing the airwaves high above Laguna. I’ve been a surfer all my life and understand ocean waves.  The best are thin, steep ones that break in a collapsing line you skim across at great speed.   The worst are thick crunchers that burst out […]

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Laguna Shore Scene: Eyeballing a Whale's Eye

Laguna Shore Scene: Eyeballing a Whale’s Eye

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   The giant keyhole limpet shell (Megathura crenulata) was used as wampum by Laguna’s original residents. They found the five inch buff to white domed oval shells with an opening at the apex (a keyhole) in the water and washed up on beaches. The limpets, sometimes known as whale’s […]

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Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Due to its bright coloring and star shape, the ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) is one of the most beloved animals regularly seen along the Laguna coast. They live in ocean water of up to 300 feet deep but because they are tolerant of air exposure, they are […]

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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Editor, I, like several others, worked on planning a village entrance long ago.  At that time it started out primarily to provide parking and reduce downtown congestion caused by cars circulating around town trying to find summer parking.  Of course now we are congested year round as the populations swelled in nearby towns. However, as […]